‘Tropical Island Christmas’ Is Theme for 2018 Parade of Lights

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Seaduction, winner of the International Award in the 46th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights announced Tuesday the theme for its 2018 holiday boat parade will be “A Tropical Island Christmas.”

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The dates for this year’s parade are Dec. 9 and 16, with more than 100,000 residents and visitors expected to watch the two-hour-long processions of 80 lavishly decorated boats.

“At this year’s event, the 47th Parade of Lights, participants will showcase their creative approaches to Christmas decor with an island-themed, warm-weather twist,” said Parade Chairman Larry Baumann. “Thousands of spectators will come to the bayfront to experience a unique lineup of boats with a bit of tropical flair in celebration of the holiday season.”

Presented by the Port of San Diego, the parade is one of the region’s most iconic holiday events.

The parade route begins at Shelter Island and travels east past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Cesar Chavez Park before turning parallel with the Coronado Bridge to the west side of the bay. The parade then proceeds past Peohe’s to the finish line after passing the Ferry Landing.

A seminar for interested boaters is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 at West Marine, 1250 Rosecrans Street in Pt. Loma.

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